Critics applaud Johanna Sinisalo’s The Core of the Sun

sinisalo_070114With the recent critical success of her latest novel, The Core of the Sun (Auringon ydin, Teos September 2013), award-winning Johanna Sinisalo has further solidified her status as one of Finland’s most acclaimed authors. Sinisalo has been the recipient of 2000’s Finlandia Prize, the most prestigious Finnish literary award, and the James Tiptree, Jr. Award in 2004. Her works have been translated into 19 languages. 

The Core of the Sun depicts a dystopian version of Finland called the Finnish Eusistocratic Republic. Here sex has been turned into a commodity, and women have been bred into two subspecies based on their ability to provide pleasure and bear children.

Literary journal Books from Finland calls Sinisalo’s prose “highly sensory” and her satire “bitingly on-target.”

“Sinisalo is responsible for introducing a new boundary-breaking subgenre known as ‘Finnish weird’ to literature in Finland. In her novels, fantasy serves as the catalyst for laying bare the dark sides of human nature and power structures,” the review continues. Read the full review here.

More praise for The Core of the Sun:

“Sinisalo squeezes copious humor out of the Finnish Eusistocratic Republic’s social overreach; however, the laughter frequently dies in your throat when you realize how closely even the most ridiculous aspects of this alternative world hew to present-day reality.” 

-Finnish science fiction magazine Tähtivaeltaja (“Star Traveller”)

The Core of the Sun is Johanna Sinisalo’s best novel since the Finlandia Prize-winning Not Before Sundown (Ennen päivänlaskua ei voi, Tammi 2000)….it deals with themes similar to those in Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale (1985).” 

Helsingin Sanomat, Finland’s largest newspaper

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The Core of the Sun: 
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Original publisher: Finland, Teos

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About author

Johanna Sinisalo

Johanna Sinisalo (b. 1958) is a Finlandia Prize-winning superstar of Finnish speculative fiction. In addition to her nine novels, she has also written short fiction and film and television screenplays. Her works have been translated into twenty languages.

Sinisalo has won several literary prizes also abroad, such as the 2004 James Tiptree, Jr. Award and the 2017 Prometheus Award, and was nominated for the Nebula Award in 2008, the Prix Escapades in 2012, and the Grand Prix de L’Imaginaire in 2017. In 2022, Johanna Sinisalo was awarded the Pro Finlandia Medal for services to Finnish literature.


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The Storm Flute

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2020, Fantasy & Science Fiction

Strangers Inside

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2018, Fantasy & Science Fiction


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2013, Fantasy & Science Fiction

The Core of The Sun

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2011, Fantasy & Science Fiction

Blood of Angels

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2010, Middle Grade (8-12 Years)

The Möbius Twist

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2008, Fantasy & Science Fiction


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2000, Fantasy & Science Fiction


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